Hear from our past and present members of the National Wages Council (NWC) about the inner workings of tripartism in wage setting and negotiations 

Post-Event Highlights

The event comprises:

  • A case study sharing by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) on “Tripartism in action: Wage policies to support economic growth” which covers how tripartism works in the issuance of annual wage guidelines that have benefited employers, workers, and Singapore’s economic competitiveness.

  • Panel reflections on the relevance of tripartism in wage setting and negotiations to Singapore’s continued economic success.

  • Panel discussion on the key characteristics of a successful wage negotiation and three anchors of national wage setting – quantitative guidelines, productivity vs wage increase and flexible wage system. 

Event programme

2.30pm - 2.35pm

Welcome remarks
by Mr Peter Seah, Chairman of the NWC

2.35pm - 2.55pm

Case study sharingTripartism in wage setting and wage flexibility, a Singapore case study

by Dr Ng Kok Hoe, Head of Case Study Unit, LKYSPP

2.55pm - 3.35pm

Panel 1 – Reflections by past NWC Chairmen

Moderated by Prof Danny Quah, Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics, LKYSPP



  • Prof Lim Chong Yah, Chairman, NWC (1972 to 2001)
  • Prof Lim Pin, Chairman, NWC (2001 to 2014)

3.35pm - 3.55pm


3.55pm - 4.55pm

Panel 2 – Journey towards fair and effective wage policies

Moderated by Associate Prof Terence Ho, Associate Professor in Practice, LKYSPP


  • Mr Peter Seah, Chairman, NWC (2015 to present)
  • Mr Ong Yen Her, Divisional Director, Labour Relations and Workplaces, MOM (1985 to 2002) and NWC member (1981 to 1984)
  • Ms Cham Hui Fong, NTUC Deputy Secretary-General (2020 to present) and NWC member (2005 to 2018)
  • Mr Alexander Melchers, SNEF Vice President (2003 to present) and NWC member (2000 to present)

4.55pm - 5.00pm

Closing Remarks
by Mr Felix Ong, Programme Director, Tripartite Collective

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